Mitch Jelniker

2010 Inductee

Mitch Jelniker has served the Heartland region for over 28 years not only with his dedication to high standards of journalistic integrity on camera and in the newsroom, but also with a remarkable commitment to integrity in his relationship with his community. He chooses to be involved, to be engaged, and to value each person as an individual in all his endeavors. His reputation exemplifies the utmost in caring and trust.

A graduate of Colorado State University, Mitch started work at KWTV in Oklahoma City in 1982; he moved back home to Denver in 1995 with KMGH, where he continues in a variety of functions: anchor, reporter and producer. His body of work includes some of the most horrific news stories in recent history – the Oklahoma City bombing and the subsequent trial coverage, the massacre at Columbine High School, the tragedy at Platte Canyon High School. His desire to report “on the scene” at these events is an illustration of his willingness to be involved, always with accuracy and truth. His coworkers tell of his passion, his breadth of understanding, his leadership, enthusiasm and sense of humor.

Many viewers know Mitch as the 7Everyday Hero guy. This weekly program highlights someone in the community who volunteers his or her time to make other people’s lives a bit brighter. Since its inception in 1999, the 7Everday Hero award has recognized over 550 deserving individuals, and Mitch hasn’t missed a week. He treats each person not as “just another story” but as an opportunity to make a difference.

Volunteering is important to Mitch, and he is known for this – from the Governor’s office, to non-profit agencies, to neighbors and friends. He donates his free time and support to many of the causes that he covers, and isn’t afraid to roll-up his sleeves to get the work done. He inspires others to do better and give more.